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. >>> we are following breaking news now involving the rebellion in syria. the government in turkey, which borders syria, has retaliated after syrian forces fired on civilians inside the turkish border. a turkish official said a bomb hit a house earlier today, a woman was killed along with a 6-year-old boy and three others. a policeman was injured. syria's information minister apologized to the turkish people for the attack. he's calling on all countries to respect the border. >>> there is a controversial proposal from a task force devoted to keeping the power on after storms. a new report out today calls for allowing utility companies like pepco to charge more for needed improvements. the cost would be about $1 or $2 per month, per customer. governor martin o'malley created the task force. if the public service commission should approve, companies would have to meet stricter reliability standards. opponents say this rewards utility companies for not paying for their own improvements. >>> today was the last meeting of the d.c. council task force looking into lowering fines for people caugh
and meet safety standards, but critics say the government should force higher standards. so we went to the agency overseeing the companies. why not mandate photoelectric? >> because both technologies are working in saving lives. >> reporter: we know of several cases where the smoke alarm, people say, just did not go off. >> in those cases, they need to practice a fire escape plan to make sure they can get out. >> reporter: but if the smoke detector didn't go off and the house is full of smoke by the time it does, what does an escape plan do? >> it helps them escape better when the smoke alarm eventually goes off. >> reporter: but eventually isn't good enough for the mom who lost nearly everything. >> i would think that if i had known i might have a family of seven instead of a family of three. >> reporter: just to be clear, no one is saying throw out your smoke alarm tonight. fire officials say the best advice is to have both technologies in your home. you can buy a dual detector that has both in one. thing is, they're harder to find in the stores and will cost you a little more mon
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